What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?


Capsule wardrobe.  You’ve probably heard it a million times by now.  So, what exactly is a capsule wardrobe?  I’m going to tell you.  Before I get into the capsule wardrobe, I want to preface by saying a few things. 


First, there are no rules.  Style is totally subjective, and you can do a google search on “capsule wardrobe” and find a million different people telling you a million different things about how to do it and now not to.  Is there a guideline, or method to capsule wardrobe?  Sure.  Does that mean that you have to stick 100% within those guidelines? Certainly not.


Secondly, this is merely an introduction to the capsule wardrobe, there is a very good possibility that a capsule wardrobe just isn’t for you (and I have a download for you to help you decide).  What I’m hoping to do over the next several weeks is give you the ins and outs of the capsule wardrobe in an effort to help you decide whether or not it’s something you want to try.



So, what is a capsule wardrobe?  Simply, it is…

 A limited number of pieces in your closet that you love to wear that are interchangeable

 There is a lot in this description. 

 First, the limited number of pieces.  This is where a lot of people get caught up.  I’ll tell you this; there are people who make a capsule wardrobe work with 15 pieces total, and some who make it work with 50 pieces total.  How many pieces and how many categories you have (categories being tops, bottoms, dresses, etc) whether or not you want to include footwear/accessories is totally up to you.  The idea is that you’re limiting your pieces in an effort to maintain organization, to increase the overall wear of your pieces, and ultimately, to decrease stress.  The idea isn’t to hold you captive, it’s to limit the paradox of choice as well as increase your wear.

 Next up: “…that you love to wear”

 I cannot stress enough how important this is. The key to increasing wear and decreasing stress is going to be in the fact that you LOVE these pieces.  When you love the pieces in your closet, you will naturally gravitate toward them, you will wear them, and you will continually look to find new ways to wear them.  If you’re someone who has a closet full of clothes, but still struggles with finding pieces that you want to wear, it’s because you don’t love them.  I’ve spoken about this in previous social media posts, but I’ll say it again: It is a waste of time, money, and energy buying pieces you don’t love.  That, is a fact.  Don’t believe me?  Go into your closet, find the pieces you don’t love (and as a result, don’t wear) total up the cost of those items.  After that, total up all the time and energy you’ve spent thinking about wearing these pieces, but not actually doing so.  You have better things to spend your money, time, and energy on, I know that.  Can you build a capsule wardrobe you love over night? No.  Is it worth holding out for? Absolutely.


Lastly, the interchangeability piece.  While having a limited number of pieces and limiting them only to pieces you love is important, for a capsule wardrobe to be successful, these pieces all have to work together.  Does this mean that you have to buy all solid basics? No.  It will mean, though, that likely not every piece can be a bold print or pattern.  Again, there are no rules here, only principles and guidelines, but you do want to be reasonable with you expectations when setting out to build your capsule wardrobe.

 So a capsule wardrobe is…

 A limited number of pieces in your closet that you love to wear that are interchangeable

 And remember, there are no concrete rules, only guidelines.  Still not sure if a capsule wardrobe is right for you?  Click HERE to get my “Is A Capsule Wardrobe For You?” checklist.


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